Challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean in Confronting the Coronavirus

No region of the world, save Africa, is less prepared to contend with the challenges brought by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) than Latin America and the Caribbean. While Latin America and the Caribbean did not begin to feel the effects of COVID-19 until much after China and northern Italy, it is spreading quickly and widely. To date, Brazil has registered over 10,000 cases of the virus and Mexico nearly 2,000. It should be noted that while almost all countries are fully aware of the seriousness and calamitous consequences of the virus, it is bizarre (and outrageous) that the leaders of the Latin America’s two most populous nations are not taking the Coronavirus seriously. Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro has called the pandemic a […]

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